"Bernard Eveleigh was born January 17, 1813,
in Dorsetshire, England, and was baptised by Rev.
William Buckland, in the parish of White Church (i.e.
Canonicorum). His father was a dairyman of some means
for those times, but dying ere the children had reached maturity,
and their mother marrying again, they were somewhat left upon
their own resources, upon which the above named, at the age
of 21, sailed for America, landing at Sackets Harbor with
only two soverigns in his pocket. He immediately apprenticed
himself to Hanson Rann for three years to
learn the carpenters' trade. This business he pursued for
years. In 1840 he married Miss Lydia Champion:
to them one child was born (Mrs. A. M. Marsh,
"In 1861 owing to ill health, his trade was given up, when
he went into the hotel business, but only remaining there
four years, whereupon he resumed his old business, adding
to it lumber trading with Canada. Through this ship building
was started, which he carried to quite an extent, building
boats of various dimensions. Other things were added during
the succeeding years, among which were farming, hardware,
meat market, coal yard, and filling contracts with Madison
Barracks for numerous things.
"In 1882 he married Mrs. Amos Membery, of
Adolphustown, Lenox county, Ontario, his first wife having
died in 1880. Though having lost much at different times by
fire and shipwreck, he still retains a hotel, store, dwelling
house, 1,000 acres of land, and one boat. Aside from farm
help he employs seven men and four girls.
"Mrs. Membery was widow of Amos Membery,
who came from Devonshire, Eng. to Sackets Harbor in the early
days of this town, and later removed to Canada, where he died.
Of his eight children, George was born in
England, and in 1831 immigrated to America and located on
a farm in the town of Adams, finally removed to Hounsfield,
where he died in 1852, aged 49 years. He married Martha,
daughter of Abram Orchard, of England, and
they had one son, George O. George O. Membery
was born in Adams, where he lived many years, when he located
in this town on the farm which he now occupies. He married
Melia I., daughter of Daniel G.
and Almira (Ralph) Babbit, of Pickney, N.
Y. and they have had two children, George
(deceased) and Carrie M."
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